Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Card #4: Pennsylvania Dutch Paas Haas

Good Friday Greetings, Lovely Blogger Folk! Today I have another Easter card to share, this one is connected to some interesting American cultural history that I learned from my own family genealogy research. One of my relatives wrote a history of the Pennsylvania Dutch for the local Welcome Wagon up there years ago and I was able to read it. She detailed many customs that the German and Dutch immigrants brought with them from the Old Country. One was the PaasHaas or Easter Hare, which could miraculously lay eggs.  

So, when I saw The Library Challenge's latest book, How to Speak Dutch, I wanted to make an Easter card for it using the colors on the cover and a few Dutch icon images we also associate with Spring -- tulips and windmills, to tie them to the PaasHaas custom. I combined a Stamplorations tulips stamp and an Artistic Outpost windmill stamp with The Paper Shelter's Funny Bunny digi. I had just gotten my new printer so I printed the colored version of the digi, but I did color both hand-stamped images, as well as the stamped My Craft Lounge sentiment with my Promarkers.
I remembered seeing this SplitCoastStampers sketch SC777 because it had 3 places for images and that's what I needed. But I did make some adjustments to the sketch in PSE. I resized it to half-sheet size (5.5x8.5") and I flipped the sketch horizontally as I thought my images would be better arranged that way. 

I wanted some bright colors so I pulled a couple of sheets from a Jane Davenport mixed media paper pad I have. I also used some bright orange and hot pink SU card stock. The base is Springhill card stock. I cut 3 image mats with the pink paper using a Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangles die. I used my scalloped deco scissors to cut my images to fit onto the mats. I added a leftover MFT scalloped photo corner and 3 shiny vinyl flowers. I fussy cut the bunny for his mat. I love how it turned out. I think those stamped images are beautiful. 

I used another of Jane's papers to decorate the back of the card. I love how this looks, she even has a little Dutch girl haircut, or is that a Dutch boy cut? Oh well, doesn't matter. It's a cool graphic look for the back. I added a small die cut of red scrap and and an EKSuccess siggie that I stamped, heat-embossed and circle-punched. I didn't add anything to the inside of the card. Instead, a hand-written note explaining the Paas Haas custom. This is for a family member who loves cultural history.

And a final view. FYI: I've begun using my cane and neck brace again. The pain and constant effort to move wears me out easily and then I have to rest. So I may be back with something else for the weekend or not, just don't know yet. I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Easter if I don't see you before then. XOX

2.   The Library Challenge #79: Teach Yourself Dutch -- I was inspired by both the cover and the title. I used the colors and elements of the cover (windmill, tulips), and hopefully my card is a reflection of the American tradition of the Easter Bunny being Pennsylvania DUTCH in origin.  
4.   613 Avenue Create #3 March: AG + Opt. Slider -- Not playing option this time.
5.   The Paper Shelter Challenge #463: Easter Time -- #1/3  I've used TPS image Funny Bunny  
6.   Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 12: AAG with Colouring -- #2/2 I used Promarkers to color the hand-stamped windmill and tulips images.
9.   Passion for Markers Week 585: Something Beginning with B -- Promarkers used / Bunny, Bow
14. A Place to Start March #3: Pick a Shape -- #4/8 RECTANGLE card and image shapes  
19. Stamplorations April Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge -- #1/3  I hand-stamped the windmill and the Stamplorations Sketched Tulips, and there are curves on the egg and on my scalloped elements, as well as the curve of the 3 images. I also used the bright pink and some lime green.


Elaine Stark said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

ahlers5 said...

What a great Easter card! I love that graphic you used pretty and colorful. Way back when our kids were little we built a really cute playhouse for them. I painted the door and window boxes with Pennsylvania Dutch symbols. It was so cute. I hated to leave it when we moved, but we had no choice. I saw that picture of Easter cookies on this post and I had to save the picture. I'm making Easter cookies for my grandsons instead of buying candy. I think I may decorate them like that...they are gorgeous.

Darlene said...

WOW what an interesting post Aimslee (I learned a few things today ... thanks) and your card is AWESOME! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

My name is Erika. said...

That's an interesting Easter story. I haven't heard that before and I'm glad you shared it. And very nice your learned it from a family written brochure. Thanks for sharing your PaasHaas with us at Try It On Tuesday. Happy holiday weekend. Hugs-Erika

Ella's Design said...

A great themed Easter card depicting Dutch icons and traditions, Aimeslee!
Thanks again for playing along with my challenge this week at Passion for Markers! Lisa x

Nannieflash said...

A really cute TPS image and I love the card design to. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Great to know a part of the history for the Easter Rabbit/Hare Aimeslee. You've certainly made a wonderful card based on the stories, lovely colours and images. Great take on the sketch and the paper on the back page is very pretty too. I got 2 hats on today so will say - Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this week. Good Luck and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
Faith A DT

Deanne Saunders said...

Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Chana Malkah said...

Hi, Aimeslee,
This is a wonderful Easter card! I love the images, and your layout is on point! Great work, as always!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work!!!

Leslie said...

Very interesting heritage and super cool card! Love the sketch! My roots are German and Pennsylvania Dutch as well! ;)

Sue said...

Well I definitely learned a few things here (such as rabbits laying eggs lol) and it's a beautiful card too. Take care and have a very happy Easter, Sue xx

Cards By MI said...

Lovely creation with lovely colours. Thanks for playing along with us over at Passion for Markers.
Love n hugs

Marina said...

I really love how you've included the custom and made a really great dutch-themed card. Thanks for joining The Library.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

As always your front of your card is just as gorgeous on the back side. Welcome Wagon--wow that takes us back. Geneology is certainly interesting.

Elizabeth Hart said...

I love this great Easter card and how you incorporated all the Dutch influences. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Pat K said...

Lovely Easter card. Thanks for joining us at The Cutie Pie Challenge. Pat K xx

Monica C. said...

This is such a cool card, Aimeslee. I love the story you told about the Paas Haas. Learning about other traditions is always so interesting.
Hugs Monica

Saphron said...

What a great use of the sketch! Love that you've done the back too. Lovely!
Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck with your entry! :)
~ DT Saphron
Lemon Biscuit

Karen Dunbrook said...

too did an excellent job with that sketch, something I'm not good at in the least.
xx Karen

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry to read that you are back in a neck brace - hope you feel better soon! Love this latest entry for Try It On Tuesday. I'd love to visit the tulip fields in Holland. Hugs, Chrisx

Bella Création (Iza) said...

Such a funny card
Thank you for sharing with us at the paper shelter

Tania said...

fabulously festive. Good luck and thanks for entering at Penny's. DT Tania

Craft-E-Place said...

A lovely combination of Easter elements. Thanks for joining in with the Theme and Photo Challenge at STAMPlorations.

Jane said...

Such a lovely bright card. Thanks so much for joining our April stamps and curves theme and photo prompt challenge over at STAMPlorations xx

Lisa J said...

Lovely story and card. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT